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"I have a reputation, Modile, a reputation as a fair, honest man who treats his soldiers well and supports them in the face of darkness. Potentially, that reputation makes me soft. It seems I understand failure and forgive it. Some, like Kowle, believe me to be a weak commissar, not prepared to take the action my rank demands. Not prepared to enforce field discipline where I see it failing. I am an Imperial commissar. I will enflame the weak, support the wavering, guide the lost. I will be all things to all men who need me. But I will also punish without hesitation the weak, the incompetent, and the treasonous."

My Modern Day Idol

A hero teenager gave his life to rescue more than 30 people - including mothers and children - from floods which have killed more than 140 people.

Rampaging floods in the Philippines have left nearly half a million people homeless, as tropical storm Ketsana brought the islands their heaviest rains in 40 years this weekend.

As the storm died down, families stood around the coffin of 18-year-old construction worker Muelmar Magallanes, who saved 30 people before he was swept away.

Time and again Muelmar swam through the floods to pull people to safety, but on his last venture into the torrent to save a baby girl and her mother the exhausted hero was swept away.

The mother and her baby, who were being carried away on the top of a styrofoam box, were hauled to the shore by friends after Muelmar had pushed them in close enough for the terrified pair to be saved.

As the floods swept him away, Muelmar was too weak to save himself and he disappeared beneath the surface. His body was found several miles away - along with 28 others who had perished in Manila's worst floods in decades.

'He gave his life for me and my baby and I'll never forget his sacrifice, said Menchie Penalosa, the six-month-old girl's mother.

'I'll be grateful to him for the rest of my life,' she added as she joined others gathered around Muelmar's coffin at a makeshift evacuation centre near their flooded riverside village on the outskirts of the capital, Manila.

As flood water rushed through the village, Muelmar tied rope around his waist and attached it to his family members as, one by one, he helped them to higher ground.

After saving his family, he then went back to help neighbours trapped on rooftops. But with each trip across the torrent he became weaker.

Finally, he believed he had saved everyone and, shivering with cold and exhaustion, lay down on the soggy ground to recover - but then he heard Menchie's screams as she and her baby daughter were being carried away on the top of the box the mother was clinging to, with the child in her arms.

Without hesitation, Muelmar dived into the fierce river and swam to the couple who were in danger of being thrown from the box.

'I knew we were going to die,' Menchie said later. 'Then this man came from nowhere and grabbed us. He took us to where the other neighbours were and then he was gone.'

As they stood at Meulmar's coffin, his father, Samuel, said: 'He always had a good heart. It was typical of him to have given his life for others.'

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Maria Luz Magallanes grieves beside the coffin of her son, Muelmar, who saved more than 30 people from rampaging Philippine floods over the weekend


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